Sometimes the most unlikely stories work out to be true, but that's, well, just sometimes. We had heard that Sukhumvit Soi 1 had "blossomed" as a Night Entertainment Area, and that it also had a diversity of massage parlors. Well, the second part worked out to be correct, in any event. (See map)
Bamboo Bar is the main-stay, the survivor, of Soi 3 (Soi Nana Nua).
SOI 3 Sukhumvit Rd
As we had not been to Soi 1 since the closure of Soi Zero and Sukhumvit 1 Plaza Night Entertainment Areas in the 2006-2007 timeframe, we decided to get on down and update ourselves on Soi 1 and the area in general.
As can be seen from the map, we were met with nothing but massage parlors on Soi 1. -Which at least tends to prove the MIDNITE HOUR proposition that one can find massage parlors on every soi on the lower end of Sukhumvit, all the way to Phrakhanong. (Actually there are no massage parlors on Soi 9 - other than the back doors to massage parlors on Soi 7/1 - Soi Eden).
These two massage parlors have stood the test of time - located down a small sub-soi across from Arab Town .
SOI 3 Sukhumvit Rd
As there wasn't really enough 'news' to be found on Soi 1, we decided to update Soi Nana Nua (Soi 3 Sukhumvit) and 'Arab Town' (Soi 3/1) while we were in the neighborhood. Results also seen on the map, above. We also took a quick trip across Sukhumvit Road to see what was going on along Duong Pitak Road- where there was a number of lit stalls on the eastern edge. (This was where the original Soi Zero started out - before it moved under the Expressway. (In those early days -the late '80's-, it wasn't called Soi Zero, or any of the other names it came to have, and was referred to, unofficially, as Tobacco Road[leading to, and past the Tobacco Monopoly] ). Virtually all the stalls on our current visit to Duong Pitak were food stalls, but there was one Thai-oriented beer garden in full swing, (so we gave it a mention on the map, as well).
SOI 1 Sukhumvit Rd
A last note: we recorded two massage parlors in Nana Square on the second floor which, like most of the massage parlors on Soi 3, cater to the Middle Eastern tourist.
SOI 1 Sukhumvit Rd
Below are additional photographs of a few of Soi 1massage parlors.
READER : Sirs,
Hi, I just wanted to make sure it would be okay if I use some of your photos of the old Udorn bars on my historical facebook page, the Air America Historical Social Club page? No doubt, many of the old pilots and crews are going to remember the places in your publication.
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I've just come across this card from the Pussy Collection amongst my stuff and am somewhat amazed by it. The only problem is that I can't remember when I acquired it! My guess is that it is from 2004 when I was hunting down (an acquaintance from the former Mississippi Queen). I wonder if you have any observations on the possible date based on the card (address? 60-62 Patpong). Cheers for now.
An interesting 'find'. The Pussy Collection opened September 2001 and closed January 2014. The address (and the pic of the deco-relief lady on the bar facade) locate the Pussy Collection next to the now-also-closed Gold Finger's ( Mississippi Queen ). Hope this helps.
Re your last month's article on Soi 26 , Yorimichi massage is missing. It is shown correctly on your 2014 map. On Soi 24/1, as you walk down the soi from Sukhumvit, the last shop on the left on the corner where Soi 24/1 jogs to the left, the FS massage shop is called Hanabi. It extends to Soi 26. I was told this shop is open only at night. I haven't visited that area for a couple months, but I'd be surprised if there were any changes to the shops on the right side.
This is valuable feedback on our January visit to Soi 26. We have received similar feedback on the Soi 26 article from other readers. This certainly warrants another look - so we went down last week to see what we could see. I saw where Snow White has lifted the shutter, or whatever?? and is now open at its 'original' location on Soi 26 - the far side of the soi (the Snow White sign I previously saw on my survey on the Soi 24/1 side of the street has been removed). Not only that, but on the opposite side of the street , the second Lucina Massage had reopened this time around. (I notice on my recent map, I misspelled Lucina as Lucinda). Not only that but the Yori Michi Massage, which you mentioned, had also reopened (same side of the street). Then I went to the next soi down (101 Premium), and found Lady Soda Snack was reopened, as was Izakaya Soramame. Also I noted another open Venue: 'Izakaya Dining' which I originally mistook as part of Aube (which now looks to be closed...).
This points up the problems involved in surveying a Night Entertainment Area only once, or only very seldomly. Specifically, we report only those Venues which are open during normal evening operating hours (if closed and have a sign posted indicating they will be reopening, we report as current, not 'closed'). In this case, a number of shops on Soi 26 were not open on the night of our survey, nor did they post signs indicating they were to reopen.) We therefore had no option but to report as "closed". Time permitting, will resurvey and publish an update.
READER : Hello,
Thank you for your posts. What can you tell me about Ting Ting ? What is the concept? Best regards.
I am assuming you are referring to the Ting-Ting Pub on Soi Udomsuk (Sukhumvit Soi 103). As mentioned in our April 2016 issue, the Ting-Ting Pub is primarily a hostess club. Many such clubs, especially in Thai-centric Night Entertainment Areas will call themselves 'Pubs' and/ or 'Karaokes', and may actually also function as such. It should be noted that we have not re-visited them, however they currently have a Facebook page which indicates they are still in business and remain a hostess club. At the time of our visit foreigners were welcome.
The now-renovating ex-Radio City was hoping to open by 1 March, but it looks like they are not immune to traditional subcontractor failure any more than the rest of us. The on-site Construction Supervisor advises that it will open as Radio City once again (at least for the start-up), and the downstairs will be an A Go-Go, while the upstairs will be a Disco. This of course, remains a "wait-and-see" item. They should be opening in a week or two...
Bada Bing (Twilo) A Go-Go was to close at the end of February, if those 'in-the-know' were to be believed. Nope - still going strong. There is, however, a good chance they will close in the near future. No chatter on what it might become ...should it close. Keep on rocking...
It appears the street-pundits got it wrong on the Old Dutch Corner replacement - instead of Crazy House 2 (or similar) the proprietors chose an original, and quite suitable moniker, the Kazy Kozy. And they opened on schedule - 1 March (although it was a 'soft opening' of sorts, where the staff got sorted-out in the early hours, and then opened for public business at 23:00 hours.) Welcome them to the bright lights, big city...
"The Door Art Of The Month" for March is a no-brainer. High marks to the Kazy Kozy for originality - the 'neon' hits you in the eye as you walk past...
The Shadow Bar bar beer closed last month (just after our last-month survey), and began renovations in earnest. Word on the street was it would be Soi Cowboy's second ladyboy bar. The name was 'up in the air' for much of last month, but later 'Staff Wanted' notices began appearing with the name, "Shadow Ladyboy Bar". The bar opened as scheduled -with that name, on 1 March 2019. 'Shadow' has been a popular bar name through the years on Soi Cowboy - some of you will remember the long-running (Crazy Jack's) Shadow - which disappeared in November 2002. (Crazy Cat is now in those digs...),
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Hanrahan's Irish Pub is still hanging in there - while rumors continue to circulate that it is to be changing hands and will undergo renovations. (Rumors and 65 baht will get you a cup of ice-coffee at the Thermae, but this one might be coming true..). We'll be keeping an ear to the ground...
Izakaya Kanpai 22 has opened newly in the Honey Plaza. It looks more like a Japanese Restaurant than a true izakaya, so let's see what the future brings...
The Bar I'on didn't have a sign nailed up, so they didn't have one to take down... Things looked darker than a poisoned well when we walked past last night. May they catch the gold ring next time 'round...
The Chawan Thai Massage located on the first small sub-soi past the Apoteka is no more, having been replaced by the Phoenix Massage. May the Phoenix continue to slip and slide...
(Sukhumvit Soi 11)
The Rosabieng(The 'Dining Car') Music Bar & Restaurant has fallen afoul of the Fates. Their outdoor drinking / dining areas were steeped in deep-shadow and sworling dead leaves... They have been closed for just over a month - we'll be dropping them from the roll call...
Last month we noted (with several photos) a general crackdown on many of the massage parlors by the local sign ge.sta.pos. This month - thanks to a regular contributor - a little more clarity: Should you want to have a Jacuzzi on premises, then you need to have a license. You, with license in hand, are then entitled to call your shop a 'spa' or 'massage'. Further, those massage parlors offering full service (FS), i.e., having a priced menu of those full services at the reception desk (for example), are not allowed to call themselves 'massage' or 'spa' on their signage. An example (noted last month - but without photo) is the Dream Heaven Massage which became the Dream Heaven Nuru Nuru Gel.
ARTISTS (Sukhumvit 33)
Dozo (upstairs, S33 Compact Hotel) is another massage parlor now no longer allowed to display the word 'massage' on their signage. (Up until last month, they were 'Dozo Love & Massage'). Yes, they are still in business...
SOI DEAD ARTISTS
Joy, located on the 2nd level of S 33 Compact Hotel is yet again REOPENED.
Y'Not Bar, after a good start, has run headlong into the abyss - it appears that renovations are commencing.... In retrospect, perhaps we should have asked them if they were the same Y'Not Bar of yesteryear (2007) at Sukhumvit 1 Plaza... Guess we'll never know...
First the upstairs X-Size closed, then a month later the downstairs X-Size Massage closed, leaving the pool bar as the last-man-standing. This month the pool bar is closed and the entire area has been fenced off for redevelopment. The remaining bars on the Soi are trying hard to show it's "business-as-usual", but in fact, bars have been moving away -slowly but surely- for the last year. The handwriting is more than just on the wall...
While 'making our rounds', we ducked down Soi 7 to see if the Bier Garten was still there (it was). While there, we noticed no less than 11street bars and street bar & noodle shops (some of which are seen in the video below). We note that one of the attractions of street bars is they allow smoking. They operate there with a certain 'immunity' (at least while all the new construction is under way), and are doing business much earlier than the 'late late' street bars that operate on Sukhumvit Rd and elsewhere. Shake it, don't break it, ladies...
goes back in time to see
Who was new - And who was through
in the Expat Night Entertainment world.
How many of these old 'oases'
do you remember ?
* The previous month, the upstairs Lady Night was required by the Sign Ge.sta.pos to post their registered legal name - Star of Love (a name being used by another Venue on Patpong 2). The Lady Night complied by displaying both names. This month the Lady Night officially became the Star of Love once again, and the other Venue on Patpong 2 was required to change its name - see below...) No Nitespot currently occupies that space.
* The previous month, the oral services Venue calling itself the Star of Love was caught up in the sweep of the Patpongs by the Sign Ge.sta.pos, forcing them to change their name to Star of Light. (The Star of Love name belonged legally to a Venue on Patpong 1...) The Star of Light remain at that location today.
*No changes that month /
*No changes that month /
(Soon to become 'Clinton Plaza' - Thermae Annex)
[ February 1999 - May 2003 ]
*INITIAL REPORT : This Night Entertainment Area quickly reached 'Critical Mass', appearing on our survey for the first time in March 1999. Below are the 'founding' bars, - beer bars one and all:
*The Beach Bar *Top Secret *"No Name ?" *Porn Tory *Happy Prosper Beer Bar *"Saloon" *Chan's Corner *Pop Eye Bar *Nuch Bar *(an unnamed bar beer) *Beer & Coffee Hut Beer Bar
Soi Katoey ( Silom Soi 4 )
*Body Star opened newly next door to what was the Tapas Cafe. The Body Star is now The Adam massage.
* The X Bar closed its doors for good. It was located just past today's Telephone Pub. Welcome Bar now occupies those digs.
* The 'Peking Restaurant' closed its doors for good. No Nitespot currently occupies that shophouse.
* The upstairs Deeper closed its doors (again). Currently Hugs occupies that space...
Buckskin Joe Village (~ December 1988 to December 2006)
(Also known -originally- as Tobacco Road or Soi Rot Fai or, 'The Tracks', and later as Machim [Thai] and Soi Zero)
* The U & I Bar opened newly next door to the Another Bar.
In Regina, Saskatchewan, (that's in Canada - where they pronounce 'throughout' as 'throot'), some most unusual and unexpected graffiti is blooming. "Gang Stalking - Human Torture" has recently been spraypainted on walls in half a dozen locations around town. Most Saskatchewanians don't have the slightest idea what this cryptic message means. Neither do most of us. Neither did Regina's municipality - until very recently.
Regina's own news outlet Global gets 'b.om.bed'.
'Gang stalking' is defined simply as : Individuals or groups of individuals follow and otherwise track a 'targeted person' for reasons unknown or reasons assumed. 'Assumed reasons' frequently adopted by the 'targeted persons' are:
1. 'They', or 'someone' is trying to destroy their lives and/ or sanity, or, 2. The CIA or the KGB is tracking them for mysterious reasons...
...You get the picture.
A typical example of such perceived stalking might be where an individual has been sensitized to the possibility that he could be targeted by gangstalkers from accounts he has heard from friends. Or he may have read or heard something in the Media. That person, having been sensitized, would be in a state of heightened awareness, and, perhaps, for example, perceive he is being followed by a car which happens to be driving slowly behind him. He then turns at an intersection, and sees the original following car continue on straight ahead, but he then notices another car has turned in behind him - proof (to him) that he is being 'teamed' by his stalkers. What we are talking about here are people who are (1) suffering from paranoia, or (2) are susceptible to conspiracy theories. Psychologists also include in this 'susceptible category' those suffering from depression and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
But make no mistake, gangstalking is not a phenomenon unique to Regina, Saskatchewan - this is phenomenon knows no borders, and it is growing larger, not smaller (presently more than 10,000 people worldwide claim to be targeted). And where 'collective obsessional behavior' flourishes, the conspiracy-theory prostitutes are soon to follow. Currently, there are at least ten books listed on Amazon pandering to the fears, paranoia and depressed state of persons caught up in the gangstalking phenomenon. A few titles are listed here : -
*Gangstalking: Frequently Asked Questions,
* Guinea Pigs: Technologies of Control
* Advice for the Targeted Individual and Gang Stalking Victim
* The Devil Beside Me: Gang Stalking, The Secret War and How to Win
* How to Deal with and Defeat Gang Stalkers
Enter the graffiti 'artist'. It is difficult to say whether these 'street artists' are victims of this mass psychogenic illness, or whether they are just rolling with their latest meme. (We suspect the latter...) But either way, the walls, highways and byways of Regina continue to be tagged with the sentiment that gangstalking is human torture. The old quip comes to mind, "Even paranoids have enemies," but unless you have actually broken the law, seriously p*ssed someone off, or otherwise gravely transgressed - none of those enemies will be real.
We hope we are not becoming overly cynical, or perhaps seeing correlation where there is none, but we find it more than casual 'coincidence' that 'paranoia' and 'conspiracy-theories' so often reside between the same pair of ears...
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